It was a phenomenon beyond anything people could have predicted. Whilst podcasts have been around for a decade, it took Serial, Sarah Koenig’s examination of a 1999 murder, for my grandma to know what a podcast was …even though I’ve been doing one myself since 2011. I mean, some grandmas, am I right? It was such a piece of water cooler chatter that there’s no way Koenig wasn’t going to make more. But it’s been months since the ending of Season 1, so what’s been going on? She’s been busy making TWO more seasons, turns out.
It was announced Thursday, via the Serial email newsletter, that there’s not one but two new seasons of the show on the way, with second premiering this fall and season three premiering in spring 2016. The show’s producers wrote, “we hope it means we can reduce the amount of time between the end of Season Two and the beginning of Season Three.” We also hope that.
The first season of the podcast followed the case of Adnan Syed, the man convicted in Baltimore of murder his ex-girlfriend Hae Min Lee when the two were still in high school. It delved into what was pretty much a weird case that a lot of people agree shouldn’t have been met with such a speedy conviction. Syed himself maintained his innocence and Koenig went digging for facts, but raised many more questions than answers. At the end of Season One (SPOILERS), Koenig had no big revelation–the way, conversely, HBO’s The Jinx super did–but there was enough doubt raised that, on May 18th, 2015, the Maryland Court of Special Appeals agreed to send the case back down to lower courts so that Syed’s lawyers could file to reopen. Not an ending, but a result.
As for the new seasons, they promise to deliver two new stories; whether these are more true crime stories or things completely different (Koenig is a veteran of This American Life so they could really be anything) has yet to be announced, but the lack of wait time between seasons sure will make it easier on fans.
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